Planning Music for the Sacrament of Marriage at St. Patrick Parish

This information should be filled out by the BRIDE AND/OR GROOM only.  All questions and contact regarding music are the responsibility of the couple.  Other family or friends may assist you, but the couple needs to directly correspond with the music director to be certain your preferences are correctly relayed.

St. Patrick follows the guidelines of the Diocese of Rockford, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops and those promulgated by Roman Congregations.  The excerpt below outlines the criteria for selecting appropriate music according to the Wedding Music Guidelines for the Diocese of Rockford.

After reading the explanation below, please fill out the form to register and begin the music planning process for your Wedding Liturgy at St. Patrick.  Complete this step if it is more than two months before your wedding, otherwise skip to Step 2 and complete the Wedding Details form.

We ask that you pay all fees at least TWO WEEKS before the wedding date.  You may mail them to the parish or drop them off.  Please contact Katie Speiden, Director of Music Ministry, at with any quesitons.  The parish fees are:

  • $500 payable to St. Patrick ($250 for registered parishioners)
  • $250 payable to your organist
  • $75 payable to your wedding coordinator
  • Two envelopes with $10 cash each for the Altar Servers
  • $175 payable to any additional instrumentalists (cello, violin, flute, trumpet, etc.), if applicable
  • $150 payable to your cantor/vocalist
  • Normally, an amount is also given to the priest as a sign of gratitude (usually $100)

Wedding Brochure 

Wedding Guidelines

The following information is from the Diocese of Rockford’s Wedding Guidelines

Liturgical Music for the Sacrament of Matrimony

Music is an integral part of the liturgy of the Sacrament of Matrimony. Provision should be made that all the people are involved at the important moments of the celebration and that the same general principles of planning worship and judging music are employed as at other liturgies, and that the liturgy is a prayer for all present.

Your organist and cantor should be parishioners who are trained music ministers and familiar with our churches, sound systems and music repertoire.

The selection of music used in weddings is to reflect the understanding that this ritual is an action of the assembly which, like all Catholic ritual, expresses and forms the faith of those gathered to celebrate.

Therefore, in the Diocese of Rockford the following norms are to be observed:

Music is integral to the celebration of Liturgy. The choice of music should follow the musical, liturgical and pastoral norms as set forth in Music in Catholic Worship and Sing to the Lord published by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.  It must also be in keeping with Roman documents and local Diocesan Guidelines.

Non-liturgical or secular music selections, in any form of musical presentation, are not allowed before a wedding as preludes, at any place during the celebration of marriage, or after the ceremony as postludes.

The choices of liturgical music should be such that they enable the gathered assembly to participate fully in the rite. No part of the liturgical ritual of the Sacrament of Matrimony which is communal in nature is to be given to a soloist to perform.

The Pastor is to approve and authorize the use of proper liturgical music for all weddings, whether he or another priest or deacon functions as the witness of the marriage.  If you have any questions, please contact the Director of Music Ministry at

Wedding Music Registration

  • Date Format: MM slash DD slash YYYY
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  • Your priest will help you to determine which type of service you will have. Generally, if both the bride and groom are Catholic, the liturgy is a full Mass. If only one is Catholic, a liturgy outside Mass may be celebrated. If you are not sure at this time, please indicate that below and check with your priest to make the decision together.
  • Please list the number of bridesmaids, groomsmen, flower girl(s) and ring bearer(s). You do not need to list names as they will be included in the four pages of details from the Wedding Guidelines. You can also fill out that page online.
  • An organist ($250) and vocalist ($150) are required at all Wedding liturgies. You may also hire an instrumentalist for your Wedding.Please select only if you intend to hire an instrumentalist as they will be reserving their time for you once contracted.